Lionel Messi banned from next four competitive internationals
Argentina forward Lionel Messi (29) was banned from their next four competitive internationals for swearing at a match official. The ban will start with the World Cup’s qualifier in Bolivia. Messi had directed insulting words at an assistant referee during the 1-0 win over Chile. Now, he will play in only one of Argentina’s remaining five World Cup qualifiers. He will also miss games away to Uruguay and home to Venezuela and Peru. He will be eligible again when Argentina in match against Ecuador to be held in October 2017.